Pharmacy: useful websites

This page lists useful, free internet resources for pharmacy. See databases for pharmacy for a list of key online sources purchased by the University to help you find information in this subject.

 Guides and tutorials

  • Internet Pharmacist
    One of a series of tutorials written for the  Intute Virtual Training Suite. This tutorial aims to improve Internet information skills, knowledge of key Internet sites, Internet search skills and critical thinking skills. The links basket option provides a useful place to keep a record of website URLs mentioned in the tutorial. Other tutorials are available for related health care disciplines.

  • CPPE (Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education)
    The CPPE offers continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to all pharmacy professionals, as well as selected programmes for Pharmacy students and preregistration trainees. They offer both face-to-face training and a wide range of online courses. The website also includes many useful guides and podcasts. 

  • Engage in Research
    This site answers a wide range of questions about research and the scientific method. Includes interactive elements designed to test your knowledge.

  • Evaluating websites: a guide
    Hints on assessing the reliability of information you find on the Internet

  • The web
    A brief guide to finding information which includes links to the main search engines

General pharmacy-related sites

  • MediLexicon
    Contains a general medical dictionary, a dictionary of medical abbreviations, as well as news and online resources for the pharmaceutical industry.

  • PJ Online
    PJ Online describes itself as a gateway to the world of pharmacy and medicines. It provides a wide range of information, including news, full online access to three journal titles (Pharmaceutical Journal, Clinical Pharmacist and Hospital Pharmacist), advice for working pharmacists and career resources for Pharmacy students.

Web directories and search engines

  • PharmWeb
    An online community of pharmacy, pharmaceutical and healthcare-related professionals. It includes discussion forums, links to professional information, such as conferences and job vacancies, and PharmSearch, a specialised search engine.

  • WWW Virtual Library - Pharmacy
    The WWW Virtual Library is made up of a large number of subject sections compiled by volunteer experts in their subject areas.

Evidence-based medicine and guidelines

        • All Wales Medicines Strategy Group
          The AWMSG provide advice on strategic medicines management and prescribing to the Minister for Health & Social Services.

        • Clinical trials
          An international database containing details of completed and ongoing clinical trials on human participants, maintained by the US National Institutes of Health

        • NHS Evidence Health Information Resources
          A key database for healthcare professionals which gives access to authoritative evidence and best practice. It covers the essential information resources healthcare professionals need to do their jobs, for example guidance documents, e-books and journals, images and dictionaries.

        • NICE Pathways
          An interactive tool for health and social care professionals providing fast access to NICE guidance and associated products, including standards, technology appraisals and clinical and public health guidance.

        • Prospero
          An international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care.

        • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)
          The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland, which can be accessed on this website.

        • Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC)
          The SMC provide advice to NHS Boards and their Area Drug and Therapeutics Committees (ADTCs) across Scotland about the clinical and cost-effectiveness of all newly licensed medicines, all new formulations of existing medicines and new indications for established products. The website contains a searchable database of reviews.

        • UK Medicines Information
          This website hosts the UKMi strategy, policies, clinical governance standards and training materials, together with minutes of meetings of the UKMi Executive and its working groups. 

Governmental and regulatory bodies

    • European Medicines Agency
      The European Medicines Agency is responsible for the scientific evaluation of medicines developed by pharmaceutical companies for use in the European Union. The websites provides a database of medicines (including human medicines, veterinary medicines and herbal medicines). A section of the website is aimed at healthcare professionals, and includes news, relevant documents and a list of events.

  • General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC)
    The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) is the independent regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy premises in Great Britain. The website includes standards for pharmacists, a database of pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, and a database of all publicly-available documents by the council, such as press releases, reports, fact sheets and how-to guides.

  • Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
    The MHRA, an executive agency of the Department of Health, is responsible for the regulation of medicines and medical devices and equipment used in healthcare and the investigation of harmful incidents. The website contains public assessment reports for medicines, guidance documents, Drug Analysis Prints (complete listings of all suspected adverse drug reactions or side effects), and an archive of Drug Safety Update, their monthly publication.

Medicinal chemistry

  • ChemWeb
    ChemWeb allows free searching and accessing of journal abstracts from over 500 chemistry-related journals.


  • Electronic Medicines Compendium
    This database contains the latest approved prescribing information (SPCs) and patient information leaflets (PILs) for licensed medicines. You can also find information about interactions, side effects and dosages.

  • RxList: the Internet Drug Index
    Founded by pharmacists in 1995, this is the premier online drug index resource. It offers detailed and current pharmaceutical information (such as articles and data) on brand and generic drugs. The site is reviewed and updated continuously.

Pharmacy practice

  • Chemist and Druggist
    News, jobs and articles for the UK pharmacy community

  • British National Formulary
    The website for online access to the most up-to-date edition of the BNF and the BNF for Children. Registration is necessary to access the full-text.

Organisations and institutions

  • Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
    The ABPI represents research-based biopharmaceutical companies in the UK. Contains key facts and figures on the pharmaceutical industry in the UK.

  • British Pharmacological Society
    The BPS is the professional association for pharmacologists in the UK and is one of the leading pharmacological societies in the world. The website contains news, interviews, case studies, guidelines, job listings and career information.

  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
    The Medicines and Prescribing Centre at NICE offers a comprehensive suite of advice and support for delivering quality, safety, and efficiency in the use of medicines. The website provides summaries of the best available evidence on new medicines and selected unlicensed and off-label medicines.

  • National Pharmacy Association
    Trade association for UK community pharmacy owners. The website provides a database of a range of NPA documents, such as leaflets, drug alerts and consultation responses.

  • Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
    The PSNC promotes and supports the interests of all NHS community pharmacies in England. Contains contains recent news, publications and resources that are relevant to community pharmacy.

  • Royal Pharmaceutical Society
    The professional body for pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales. Student membership is free to all students based in Great Britain. The Society's Library, which includes many online resources that members can access through the website, also offers a free database search service to all Society members.

Please note: our site descriptions are based on information available on the site described at the time it was evaluated.

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